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Comment: Re:Stucturing (Score 1) 325

by Shakrai (#49832681) Attached to: Why Is It a Crime For Dennis Hastert To Evade Government Scrutiny?

Then he should have told the FBI the truth when they asked what the money was for. Or simply said, "I choose not to give a statement." Lying to the Feds is beyond fucking stupid. That's their "gotcha" card and it baffles me that so many seemingly intelligent people fall into such an easily avoidable trap.

There's a right to remain silent. I suggest using it....

Comment: Re:Oh well (Score 1) 172

There's an inverse relationship between the cost of software (including software included with hardware, like industrial devices), and the quality of that software.

"Enterprise" software is widely regarded as crap, but the software on expensive industrial machines is probably even worse.

Comment: Re:par for the course (Score 1) 256

by ultranova (#49830837) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

That would seem pretty unlikely to anyone that thinks about it since I have taken a pretty consistent stand against Russian aggression and Soviet Communism.

And that's another talking point Putin would probably want discredited. So it's perfectly consistent with you being on Kremlin's payroll.

In case you aren't, I suggest you take a long hard look at what kind of service you're actually doing to your country.

Ah yes, the infamous "authoritarianism" of limited government.

Limited government? As far as I can tell, your ideal is the exact opposite: a government not bound by any rules, laws or ethics whatsoever, trusted with limitless power over its own citizens and everyone else, wielded with no oversight or regard for consequences.

Or are you confusing the ability of a free people to defend themselves with authoritarianism?

No, I simply don't think that people who are being spied on by their government are free. And frankly, I don't think Americans control the American Government anymore. I don't think anyone does. The whole thing acts too much like an animal reacting to its instincts, with no rational will at charge. That's what happens when you let an organization escape human control, and why non-democracies typically require a single strong leader who can force at least some of his will on them. Democracies make do with the voters giving feedback, but that fails if the organization gains power over them, for example with a total, paranoid surveillance system.

Comment: You always wondered what dinosaurs taste like ... (Score 2) 65

by pollarda (#49830153) Attached to: How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds

Now you know once and for all, dinosaurs taste like .... Chicken!

What would be really interesting is to know how the family tree shakes out and what our domestic chicken used to be. It could have been a T-Rex, Triceratops, or a raptor. Of course, it could have been something else all together. Either way, it would be fun to think about each time you visit KFC.

Comment: Re:Meet the New Act (Score 1) 262

by dgatwood (#49828287) Attached to: Senate Passes USA Freedom Act

Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 1, Sentence 1.

The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.

Executive power, by definition, means overseeing the day-to-day administrative activities of the government. Executive orders whose sole purpose is to manage those day-to-day administrative activities fall very clearly within the President's authority.

Comment: Re:Meet the New Act (Score 4, Insightful) 262

by dgatwood (#49828269) Attached to: Senate Passes USA Freedom Act

About twice as many Democrats voted for it. Only 1 Democrat voted against it compared to 30 republicans. That's a very significant difference.

It was poorly ordered. I think the intended meaning was "slightly more against it than for it", but because of it being right after the post about the Democrats, most folks read it as "slightly more against it than the Democrats".

The biggest problem, IMO, is why the Republicans were against it. Most of them seemed to vote against it not because it gave the government too much power, but because it gave the government too little. For example, they bring us folks like Mitch McConnell claiming that the lack of the U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. (sic) Act is going to cause terrorism-related deaths in the U.S., rather than recognizing that the colossal resources and manpower that are going into data collection would be much more effectively spent in a more targeted way that didn't catch so many innocent people in the dragnet, and that the mere existence of the U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. (sic) Act that he so staunchly supports makes us more likely to miss a real terrorist threat rather than less.

Comment: Re:Huge Cash Pile (Score 3, Insightful) 118

by pollarda (#49827925) Attached to: Mystery Company Blazes a Trail In Fusion Energy

(3) They probably didn't have as much cash as "everyone knows they have", for the simple reason that the best way to convince someone to give you the mountain of cash you need is to make them thing you've as good as got it from someone else.

As a small business owner, this is so true .... The best way to raise money for your business is to convince people you don't actually need money. Go figure ....

Comment: Re:You're Talking About a Different Scale (Score 1) 256

by ultranova (#49827715) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

I just don't think those tactics would work all that well within the US. It seems like whenever an organization DOES try an astroturfing campaign ("Citizens for Enhanced Comcast Monopoly") it gets spotted so quickly for what it is that it seems to achieve negative results.

Russians aren't idiots, they simply think things will get better if they pretend to believe the lies and let their country and its leaders engage in one immoral act after another - just like Americans, or really anyone. And their reward is the same, too.

Comment: Re:par for the course (Score 1) 256

by ultranova (#49827611) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

The professional Russian trolls are about as subtle.

Do we know Cold Fjord is not a Russian troll? After all, he's making American patriotism look bad by associating it with authoritarianism.

Thing is, you don't need to be very good at trolling if you are working full time at it. You will always get the last word against people who has better things to do than to argue with paid trolls.

You will always get the last word, and then what? The point of such trolling is to disrupt, to keep people arguing over stupid shit forever so they're too busy to discuss Putin's failures or what to do about him; if other posters ignore him, he has failed.

Comment: Re:Reminds me of (Score 2) 66

Well to be fair, according to TFS, this company has done nothing but talk since 2001, almost 15 years now. Now it's finally got something ready for production.

How long has HP been talking about memristors? I don't think it's been this long.

I wonder how this (now proven) technology stacks up against (not yet proven) memristors in terms of density and speed.

"When in doubt, print 'em out." -- Karl's Programming Proverb 0x7